Smug­gler caught with £3m of coke at air­port

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A MAN who at­tempted to smug­gle £3.3m of co­caine in cling-film wrapped pack­ages through Heathrow Air­port has been jailed.

Danovan Sil­ve­ria Bull was stopped by Bor­der Force of­fi­cers at Ter­mi­nal 5 af­ter a de­tec­tor dog in­di­cated to its han­dler that drugs may be present in his lug­gage.

The 44-year-old was ar­rested for pos­ses­sion of a Class A drug, and later charged with pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply drugs fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Na­tional Crime Agency (NCA).

He pleaded guilty and was jailed for six years at Isle­worth Crown Court on Thurs­day Jan­uary 21.

Bull, a Ja­maican na­tional liv­ing in Hick­more Walk, Clapham, had ar­rived on a do­mes­tic flight from Aberdeen on De­cem­ber 19, 2015.

A search of his bags un­cov­ered a num­ber of cling­film-wrapped pack­ages which tested pos­i­tive in a co­caine field test.

A later ex­am­i­na­tion con­firmed there was around 21kg of co­caine, with a street value of around £3.3 mil­lion.

Phil Dou­glas, Bor­der Force Heathrow di­rec­tor, said: “Bor­der Force of­fi­cers are the front line in the fight against smug­gling and play a cru­cial role in pro­tect­ing the UK from il­le­gal drugs and other con­tra­band.

“I hope the sub­stan­tial prison sen­tence handed to Bull serves as a de­ter­rent to oth­ers who would con­sider traf­fick­ing or trad­ing in co­caine.

“Work­ing with our col­leagues in the NCA we are de­ter­mined to do all we can to pre­vent drugs reach­ing UK streets and en­sure those re­spon­si­ble are put be­hind bars.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about ac­tiv­ity they sus­pect may be linked to smug­gling should call the hot­line on 0800 595000.

n JAILED: Danovan Sil­ve­ria Bull ad­mit­ted the charge

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